Brewster Recycling Center

The Recycling Center has transitioned to new state of the art license plate recognition software, and we are now utilizing this technology to verify permit holders in place of physical stickers.  Annual Resident Recycling Center permits will be issued starting April 11, 2022. Permits will be available through the mail-in program and online. To purchase your Recycle Center permit for 2022-2023 please visit: Town of Brewster Online Transactions (

Once a Recycling Center permit order has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email that your license plate has been entered into the database and is valid for use. New 2022 permits are valid beginning July 1, 2022. A copy of a valid car registration is required for each vehicle, additional documentation is required if the name on the registration does not match property ownership and/or the vehicle is not registered in Brewster.  More information on permit requirements is available here.

A recycling center permit is required to be purchased prior to entering the recycling center, there are no sales of permits at the gate house.  Recycling center permits are valid from July 1st through June 30th each year, current permits remain valid until June 30, 2022.  The first vehicle permit is $50.00, additional vehicle permits are $15.00 each.

Hours of Operation and Location

The Recycling Center is open Thursday – Monday between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  The station is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Holidays. Please check the Brewster home page for announcements about holiday closing and potential alternative hours.

The Brewster Swap Shop is open Friday- Monday from 10am -2pm.  The Swap shop will open in April 2022 for the season.

201 Run Hill Road, Brewster, MA 02631 (map & directions)
Department of Public Works- (508) 896-3212
Information Line (508) 896-4541

Pay as you Throw

Brewster uses a solid-waste management program called Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

All Brewster Recycling center users must dispose of trash in special Brewster PAYT bags. Waste must be placed in these bags prior to disposal. Recyclables don’t need to be bagged, recyclables are sorted into paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal containers. Click here for the Brewster Recycling Guide.

PAYT bags for waste are available in three sizes and are available at various Brewster stores and surrounding grocery stores.

  • ·33-gallon bag holds about 25lbs, similar to a yard waste bag is $2 each.
  • ·15-gallon bag holds about 12lbs, similar to a kitchen-sized bag is $1 each.
  • · 8-gallon bag, similar to an office or bathroom trash bag is $.50 each.

Household Hazard Waste Collection Days

Hazardous materials are collected at the Harwich Transfer Station (209 Queen Anne Road, Harwich MA 02645).  Collection Days are held from 9am – 12pm on the second Saturday during the months May, June, July, August, September, and October. These collections provide a good opportunity to clean out cellars, garages, and sheds of household hazardous materials such as pesticides, lawn chemicals, cleaners, etc.  Please watch the newspapers for notification as well as flyers and postings at the Recycling Center. Click here for Household Hazard Waste Collection Information.

Old and Unused Paint

The Brewster Recycling Center also maintains an old/unused paint collection program.  Old or unused paints, at least ¾ full or more, may be brought to the Recycling Center.  All paint that is not reused by other patrons of the Recycling Center is then shipped to a facility to be recycled.  Oil-based and water-based paints are accepted but cannot be mixed.   Please see one of the attendants for access to the Paint Recycling Shed.  Please note that the Paint Recycling Shed is open from April 1st through October 15th.  This is also a good way to eliminate potentially hazardous/problematic materials from your home.  Smaller amounts may be disposed of by pouring over cat litter or other soluble material and then thrown away with household trash.

Food Waste

Acceptable items include food scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, meat, fish, dairy products, flowers, and household plants. Items not allowed include large bones, roadkill, walnut shells, diseased plants, human or pet waste, kitty litter, food containers.  Please see an attendant with any additional questions.

Clothing Donations

Clothing can be donated to various organizations. Clothing donation bins are located near the Scouts 5 cent returnable shed located near the gatehouse. 


A printable Brewster Recycling Guide is available for downland and includes information about where and what can be recycled at the Brewster Recycling Center.  Reduced price composting bins and scrap buckets are available from the Recycling Center.

The Recycling Commission page has a guide to resources for recycling as well as composting and reuse of material.

More information about recycling possibilities is available at the Beyond the Bin website.